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books of the month

November 18, 2013

it’s hard to choose a favorite

books 116

Braiding Sweetgrass 

Robin Wall Kimmerer writes about the natural world with the passion of a native American

 the knowledge of a professor of Environmental Biology

and love for all living things

this book should be required reading for every student on planet Earth – their parents and grandparents

books 119(paper thread dyed with kakishibu and indigo blossoms)

her words are a song of praise for the natural gifts we have been given

— and are in the process of destroying

it is a wake up call!

books 115

the book I’ve been waiting for impatiently

A Song of Praise for Shifu by Susan J. Byrd

seen here with my own cut and spun paper thread

and woven shifu

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a two-part noren (Japanese door hanging) woven in a crackle weave pattern with a linen warp and shifu paper weft

on the right, fabric woven with a shifu weft cut from calligraphy practice paper

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the third book, I found battered and forlorn

Memories of Silk and Straw,  by Dr. Junichi Saga

  interviews he taped with some of his elderly patients

 fascinating stories of a rural Japan that no longer exists.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2013 3:44 pm

    jean, the third book sounds great, and as you know i love the others. susan’s song is lovely, and braiding sweetgrass is an important book, as you say. i can’t tell you how many times reading that book i was ovecome with tears and, well, passion, i suppose. i’m glad you have them in your hands now.


    • November 19, 2013 3:50 pm

      Velma – Braiding Sweetgrass is beautifully written, emotional and passionate. Haven’t had time to read much of Shifu.


  2. November 19, 2013 9:04 am

    Yay! I have been waiting for Susan’s book as well! Now I can order it. Thank you!


    • November 19, 2013 10:21 am

      Renee’ – I pre-ordered it and it has only just come. haven’t had time to read much yet.


  3. November 19, 2013 2:36 am

    will look for saga’s book, sounds fascinating.


  4. November 19, 2013 12:16 am

    The shifu book look really interesting. Where did you get it?


  5. November 18, 2013 4:00 pm

    I’m just reading Robin Kimmerer’s book on moss right now. A truly lovely book. I shall seek out Braiding Sweetgrass!


    • November 18, 2013 4:11 pm

      Heather – I haven’t read Gathering Moss, will have to look for it. Braiding Sweetgrass is so timely. We have to stop destroying this planet and she speaks so eloquently.


  6. November 18, 2013 2:49 pm

    These books look very enticing and so does your shifu. I especially like the practice paper with ink…like kasuri.


    • November 18, 2013 3:15 pm

      Kristin -the shifu thread with ink creates random markings, no pattern like kasuri
      Judi – the stories are short – 2 or 3 pages and very interesting. There is a later book “Memories of Wind and Waves”, haven’t read it.


  7. Judith bushby permalink
    November 18, 2013 2:41 pm

    I love the sound of Memories of Silk and Straw.


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